No coal – under any proposal

I thank the mayor and councillors for the first rejection. In my view, it needs to be voted down again.

I heard Surrey council voted to turn down the coal shipment proposal as a first step.

It wants an environmental assessment report before a final decision. I thank the mayor and councillors for the first rejection.

In my view it needs to be voted down again. Regardless of promises to virtually eliminate coal dust by coating, I believe in practice it can not be relied upon. Coal dust will remain.

It is like water flowing over a rock. You can’t see the rock being eroded. But in time it gets eroded.

You won’t necessarily see the micro-particles being breathed in, but in time they will accumulate in the lungs – not to mention coal dust on the area grounds. I don’t care if it will meet some artificial standard.

We have a choice between no coal dust, as is the case now, and a certain finite amount.

The overriding simple question is: Why did the U.S. coastal states turn the proposal down?

I am a pragmatic guy when it comes to the environment and jobs. In this case I would turn the proposal down again even if it involved 10 times as many (250) jobs for this trans-shipment of coal.


Dave Bains, Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

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